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E.coli Contamination of Pizza!

 
 
Miller
 
Reply Sat 3 Nov, 2007 03:41 pm
414,000 Pizza Cases With Possible E. Coli O157:H7
03 Nov 2007

As there is a raised risk of E. coli O157:H7 contamination of 414,000 cases of pizza products with pepperoni toppings, the makers, General Mills, has announced a voluntary recall of said pizzas. As these are freezable products, the company is asking consumers to check in their freezers as well. The pizzas were produced in General Mills' Ohio factory and distributed throughout the USA.

The products to look out for are:
(SKU = stock keeping units or UPC codes)

-- Totino's Party Supreme - SKU number 42800-10700
-- Totino's Three Meat - SKU number 42800-10800
-- Totino's Pepperoni - SKU number 42800-11400
-- Totino's Pepperoni - SKU number 42800-92114
-- Totino's Classic Pepperoni - SKU number 42800-11402
-- Totino's Pepperoni Trio - SKU number 42800-72157
-- Totino's Party Combo - SKU number 42800-11600
-- Totino's Combo - SKU number 42800-92116
-- Jeno's Crisp 'n Tasty Supreme - SKU number 35300-00561
-- Jeno's Crisp 'n Tasty Pepperoni - SKU number 35300-00572
-- Jeno's Crisp 'n Tasty Combo - SKU number 35300-00576

When 21 cases of E.coli related illnesses were reported in ten states, with half of the patients being hospitalized, authorities started to investigate. The first case happened in June 20th, 2007, while the latest one happened on October 10th, 2007. Nine of those patients had consumed Totino's or Jeno's pizza with pepperoni topping prior to becoming ill. Over 120 million Totino's and Jeno's pizzas have been distributed since the first reported illness.

The company says that as soon as it learnt about the potential problem it launched an investigation. As a precaution, Totino's and Jeno's parent company, General Mills, issued a Class I recall. According to the company, the investigation is still underway - it also adds that it is cooperating fully with state and federal authorities.

Totino's / Jeno's
P.O. Box 200 - Pizza
Minneapolis, MN 55440-0200
Consumers concerned about the recall can telephone (800) 949-9055.

What is E. coli?

E. coli is short for Escherichia coli, it is one of the bacteria that line the gut of humans and animals. It also exists in raw and undercooked beef, infected water and milk. Most E. coli strains are harmless. However, O157:H7 can cause food poisoning.

A sample of a person's feces (stool) must be tested to confirm E.coli poisoning.

Cattle are believed to the main source of infection.

It can spread as a result of:

-- Eating contaminated food, such as undercooked beef burgers, raw vegetables which have been washed or watered with contaminated water
-- Drinking untreated milk or dairy products
-- Contact with infected animals

Symptoms of E. coli Poisoning

-- Diarrhoea (sometimes bloody)
-- Abdominal pain
-- Fever (sometimes)

Symptoms usually appear about 1-3 days after infection.

http://www.generalmills.com

Written by - Christian Nordqvist
Copyright: Medical News Today
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kylewhitehead
 
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Reply Sun 11 Nov, 2007 07:02 am
I grew up on these pizzas as a kid and I'm still alive, however I'm fat and overweight lol.
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Miller
 
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Reply Mon 12 Nov, 2007 10:35 am
But if you're happy, what's the difference?
Laughing
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Mon 12 Nov, 2007 10:59 am
Skip the pooperoni!
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Miller
 
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Reply Mon 12 Nov, 2007 11:07 am
A clean COLON is a happy COLON... Laughing
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Fri 16 Nov, 2007 02:58 pm
O, no !
I had a pepperoni n mushroom pizza at the airport this a.m.
The tomato sauce tasted good.
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Miller
 
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Reply Sat 17 Nov, 2007 09:12 am
David:

Do you live close to a hospital? Cool
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 17 Nov, 2007 02:07 pm
I live IN the Long Island Jewish Hospital too much of the time.



just got out, after kidney stones
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Miller
 
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Reply Mon 19 Nov, 2007 10:45 am
That used to be a very good hospital. Is it still a good place for the average patient?
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 19 Nov, 2007 07:16 pm
Miller wrote:
That used to be a very good hospital.

Is it still a good place for the average patient?

YES.
I love it ( tho it can be a bit slow on service n some doubts about the food ).
David
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Mon 19 Nov, 2007 07:47 pm
Have you ever seen them make pooperoni? It's a s---ty job.
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Miller
 
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Reply Tue 20 Nov, 2007 04:22 pm
These are the guys called "sausage stuffers"?
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